Happy Hanukkah from the Westcoast Reader team!

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Children watching a Hanukkah menorah
Photo credit: Elana Amsterdam (elana’s pantry – Flickr)

Level 3

Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah lasts for eight days and eight nights. A well-known symbol of Hanukkah is the menorah, a nine-branch candle holder.

For teachers:  Click here to find a teacher’s guide with stories, images, lesson plans and activities.

How to play dreidel

Shalom Sesame: The Missing Menorah

Happy Hanukkah!

Story adapted from www.thewestcoastreader.com, posted by Ana-MariaG, December 6, 2015

Fun activities to help children learn

Level 2

Literacy begins at home

Are you a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, older brother or sister? Here are fun activities to do with young children. These activities can help them become successful learners.

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You can find more activities to do with young children in the Learning Together Every Day series of booklets.

Get started with these six activities:

Click here to download the directions

You can find the free booklets on line at www.helpingchildrenlearn.ca. The booklets are easy to read English. Photos show parents and children doing the activities together.

Try these fun art projects with your kids from the Huffington Post.

Story reprinted from The Westcoast Reader newspaper,  September / October 2016

Remembrance Day

Canadian soldieirs returning from Vimy Ridge Photo courtesy of the Vimy Ridge Foundation, colourized by Canadian Colour Canadian War Museum George Metcalf ARchival Collection 19920085-295

Canadian soldiers returning from Vimy Ridge
Photo courtesy of the Vimy Ridge Foundation, colourized by Canadian Colour
Canadian War Museum George Metcalf Archival Collection 19920085-295

Lest we forget

November 11     Remembrance Day

Level 3

November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. On this day we honour Canadians who fought and died in wars. Many communities have special events and parades on Remembrance Day.

Watch this Remembrance Day ad from the Government of Canada

Red poppies

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow ... Photo by Pixabay

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow …
Photo by Pixabay

Sixty thousand Canadians died in World War I. Many were buried in Flanders fields in Belgium. Red poppies grow on the graves in the fields. Red poppies are the symbol of Remembrance Day. People donate to help veterans by buying poppies from veterans on the street.

Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McRae wrote a famous poem about war and the poppies called In Flanders Fields.

 

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Listen to the story Remembrance Day 
 Reading by: Patty Bossort

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Resources:

Learn more about the poem, In Flanders Fields, and the man who wrote it.

Watch this video, The Poppy Story from Poppy Scotland Education.

Watch this video, The Tower of London Poppies in England. 88,246 bright red ceramic poppies are planted at the Tower of London. Each poppy represents a soldier who died in the First World War.

Look at these resources for teachers and educators provided by the Vimy Foundation about the upcoming centennial of Vimy Ridge in their Vimy 100 in the Classroom.

Contest for young Canadians aged 14 – 17. Vimy Pilgrimage Award. 

2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Battle at Vimy Ridge. 

Learn more about The Battle at Vimy Ridge.

Story reprinted from The Westcoast Reader newspaper,  September / October 2016